Foreign travel advice

Saudi Arabia

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to amber or red list countries.

To understand the risks in a country follow FCDO Travel Advice.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).

Pilgrimage

On 12 June 2021, the Saudi authorities announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pilgrims from outside the Kingdom would not be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj in 2021. Hajj rites will be limited to 60,000 pilgrims who already reside in the Kingdom. Those wishing to perform Hajj must be between 18-65 years old and comply with health and vaccination requirements. Those who have not performed Hajj in the last 5 years can register to participate using the electronic portal. Registration is open until 10pm (KSA time) on Wednesday 23 June, and the booking and purchasing of Hajj packages will start at 1pm on June 25.

The Saudi authorities have gradually allowed pilgrims to perform Umrah at limited capacity. British nationals resident in Saudi Arabia can apply to perform Umrah through the official Ministry of Hajj app ‘Eatmarna’ and also ‘Tawakkalna’. Details of the process can be found on the official Ministry of Hajj Twitter page.

The approximate dates for the 2021 Hajj are 17 to 22 July. British citizens wishing to perform Umrah or Hajj should follow announcements on FCDO official social media channels @ukinsaudiarabia and guidance from local authorities.

Before you travel for pilgrimage, you should carefully consider the information and advice on the website of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in London, and in the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s (NaTHNaC) factsheet.

Safety and emergency information

In Saudi Arabia:

British Consulate-General, Jeddah: Tel: 011 481 9100, Fax: 012 622 6249

British Embassy emergency contact: Tel: +966 5010 04268

Ministry of Hajj (Makkah): Tel: 012 557 1714; Outside Saudi Arabia: +966 920002814; hajcc@haj.gov.sa

Ministry of Hajj Contact Centre (only inside Saudi Arabia): Tel: 8004304444

British Pilgrims Guide Office (Makkah): Tel: +966 12 542 7003

Saudi Arabia Directory Enquiries: Tel: 905

Saudi Arabia - Emergency Operation Centre: Tel: 911

If you’re making an international call, make sure you use the correct country code:

  • UK: 00 44 (+ Number)
  • Saudi Arabia: 00966 (+ Number)